I wonder if or when Apple will discontinue the Superdrive add on?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MisterBigMack, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. MisterBigMack macrumors regular

    May 23, 2012
    I wonder - when Apple will discontinue the add on optical drive - I think it will be a long long time - I bet they sell a load of these

    In my case - I have an iMac with superdrive, and tbh I only used to get my audio cds onto iTunes - apart from that, never use it!

    But the mainstream still would need use for it I would suspect
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Not soon, they even have a thunderbolt to VGA adapter,WTF VGA.
  3. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    There are a lot of monitors and projectors with VGA still in use.
  4. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    Doubtful. Apple still supports Firewire. Who uses that ancient technology?
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "Apple still supports Firewire. Who uses that ancient technology?"

    Many, many do -- it's a standard in the audio recording industry.
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Tell me about it! Try giving a presentation in Academia these days without a VGA adaptor.....
  7. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Yeah, I am aware of that, I just wish these legacy ports would go, there are also still quite a few electronics with RS-232(sub-d 9), even brand new TV's.
    (Mostly for software installs or servicing)
    Wish they invented something new.

    I think the reason VGA is still much around because PC manufacturers are still making this stuff, i.e. old fashioned.
  8. CWallace, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    If you are referring to the external SuperDrive, I would expect they will keep it for some time as every Mac except the Pro is dropping built-in optical media support.
  9. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    RS-232 has been , is and will continue to be the paramount way to control entertainment devices at the high end ( where precise control is a necessity ). IR is a total mess and control over HDMI is a disgusting lump of proprietary crap.

    Don't believe me? Just ask any $100k + home theater integrator. Old tech that continues to hang on decade after decade tends to do so for a reason.
  10. mslide, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Walk into just about any conference room at just about any company and try to hook up your computer to the projector. Tons of VGA-only projectors are still around.

    I would love to have RS-232 on all my Home Theater components. Makes control so much better and more reliable. Look at any high-end Home Theater and you'll see tons of RS-232 everywhere.

    Why? Because a VGA/RS-232 connector doesn't look as slick as an HDMI/USB/Thunderbolt one? Because they have screws on them? Those technologies, while somewhat old, work very well. There's no reason to throw something away and redesign it just because they've been around for a while.
  11. DaveGee macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2001
    Exactly.... And furthermore it's often extremely reassuring embracing something that has withstood the test of time. Heh just look at Ethernet or even TCP/IP and even the foundation of OS X itself...
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No reason for Apple to discontinue until sales crater. It's a low cost, high margin item that many people need due to their legacy collection of DVD and CD-R discs. But even if Apple kills it, so what. You can pick up a Samsung slim drive for $26.

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